Jets quarterback castoff starts AAF career with four-TD night


As one former Jets quarterback struggled, another made quite an impression in his Alliance of American Football debut.

John Wolford, who was in Jets camp this summer before being cut to make room for Davis Webb, went 18-for-29 passing for 275 yards and four touchdowns in the Arizona Hotshots’ 38-22 win over the Salt Lake Stallions at Sun Devil Stadium.

His longest touchdown was a 36-yard strike in the second quarter. The former Wake Forest star did not throw an interception and had a passer rating of 132.9.

Wolford’s performance came on the same day former Jets second-round pick Christian Hackenberg completed 10-of-23 passes for 87 yards and threw an interception. Hackenberg’s Memphis Express team was shutout 26-0 by the Birmingham Iron.

After graduating, Wolford put a career in finance on hold for his shot with the Jets. He quickly lost his spot after the Giants released Webb and the Jet picked him up.

Wolford, a four-year starter threw for 8,794 passing yards and 59 touchdowns with the Demon Deacons. He added 19 rushing scores. He went for 400 yards and four touchdowns in his final collegiate game in a Belk Bowl win over Texas A&M.

He wasn’t the only ex-Jet making an impact for Arizona. Kicker Nick Folk made 2-of-3 field goals for Arizona, including one from 53 yards.